America's Highways 1776-1976: A history of the federal-aid program is a primary source for almost all books and articles written about roads in the United States since it was published in 1977. Part one of this book is a detailed history of road transportation in the United States from colonial times through the decision to build the Interstate Highway System. Part two of the book details the finance, administration and construction of the Interstate Highway System.
--From the Forward--
The economic growth of the United States in the 200 years of its existence and the record of individual prosperity achieved by its people in that brief period
of time are attributable to the success of the transportation system developed during that period-a system almost totally dependent on the Nation's
This book has been written to record for posterity the story of highway development in the United States, beginning in the early years of the new Nation
and expanding with the growing country as it moved into the undeveloped areas west of the original colonial States, and ultimately evolving into the Federal-aid highway program in which the State and Federal Governments have worked cooperatively and successfully for the past 60 years. It is a proud story and one that should be recorded.
The book will make available for future highway transportation officials a documentation of earlier decisions and experiences which, up to this time, have
been available only in scattered writings or in the individual knowledge and recollections of many of those involved directly in the Federal-aid highway
program during this period of development and whose experiences have not previously been recorded.
Our Nation will continue to grow and to progress, and our transportation system will contribute materially toward that objective.
Norbert T. Tiemann
Federal Highway Administrator